This is an analysis of the poem The River And The Hill that begins with:

And they shook their sweetness out in their sleep
On the brink of that beautiful stream, ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XaXabbcdDCC edddeecdDCC beXeddcdDcX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 11,11,11,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • Сlosest rhyme: rima
  • Сlosest stanza type: sonnet
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 1111101011 101011001 101001001001 101011001 10101 10111 00111111 101001 11101 0011101 0011101 1111101011 011011101 101101101111 11111001 10111 11101 10111111 01101 11101 0011101 0011101 10011101101 11011001 11111001101 11101011 0111 101101 1100111111 111111 11101 0111101 01111010
  • Amount of stanzas: 3
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 376
  • Average number of words per stanza: 71
  • Amount of lines: 33
  • Average number of symbols per line: 33 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 6
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and, of are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same word of is repeated.

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines hill is repeated).

    The poet repeated the same word hill at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

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